Following President Donald Trump’s Muslim immigration ban this weekend, Uber faced a lot of backlash. Uber executives ignored the taxi strike at JFK International Airport designed to show support for the protestors. Instead they continued offering their services. When left leaning Uber customers learned that CEO Travis Kalanick is a member of President Trump’s Economic and Policy Forum, that set off a tweet firestorm. The hashtag on Twitter has been trending for a few days now.
Many citizens and celebrities have weighed in on the matter and deleted their apps.
But not all users have deleted their apps.
As an Uber VIP member, Samuel Lane, won't delete his Uber app, but has decided to stop using them for a while and instead use Lyft.
"I think that Uber was totally insensitive," said Lane, 24, of Brooklyn, "but Uber's going to have self-driving cars soon so, I'm keeping it."
Many users have decided to make the switch from Uber to Lyft, Uber’s biggest competitor, after the company received praise for donating $1 million over the next four years to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-profit organization that defends our rights as citizens, after learning about Trump’s Immigration Ban on Saturday.
Some Uber users had no idea what happened over the weekend.
Ryan Dappous, 19, heard about the protests and taxi strike that happened at JFK International Airport on Saturday, but had no idea that Uber was trying to make money off of people at the airport during this time. Uber tweeted that they would end their surge pricing during the strike in order to try and get more people to use the app and make a bigger profit.
After finding out more information about the event and about the CEO's relationship with Trump, Dappous decided that he would soon download the Lyft app and try their car service.
"If you are donating $1 million that proves you care,"said Dappous, a NYU student. "The companies who are getting involved in a relevant way are getting the upper hand."
Uber CEO Kalanick released a full statement on his Facebook page Saturday night after all of the backlash against the company and his support for President Trump. In his statement that he summarized in his three tweets, he pledged to compensate any of Uber's workers who are stuck oversees for 90 days under Trump's order.
On Monday the tech giant joined over 400 New York City based companies in a letter to the President opposing the immigration ban. The company employs many drivers that were born outside of the United States, but are American citizens. Some of the drivers for Uber were born in the countries on President Trump's list of the seven banned countries allowed to enter the United States -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The company is reaching out to as many drivers that may be oversees to try and help them as much as they need. Kalanick will be meeting with President Trump this Friday, and agreed to raise concern about his immigration ban.
Uber drivers did not want to discuss the controversy.
One driver, Samar, who drives a very clean black Honda Accord, switched from being a Lyft driver to an Uber driver. He said he likes Uber better because of the customers, the maps they provide him, and the money he can make. He never heard of the movement and doesn't think it will affect his business. He would rather not get involved in anything political.